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Date updated: 18/04/2024

Small Steps to getting active in the City of London

It’s important for your mental and physical wellbeing to keep active. And just ten minutes a day can help with conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes, strengthen bones and muscles, and improve balance.

This spring, the City Corporation is encouraging all residents to get active as a family and create unforgettable memories in the City. The idea is to take Small Steps to be active, your way, everyday.

Aim for 150 minutes a week of moderate exercise that makes you feel warmer, breathe harder, and makes your heart beat faster. On two days a week, do something that works your muscles such as yoga, exercise with weights, or carrying heavy shopping.

Why not explore our parks, playgrounds and sport facilities during the weekends and after school/work?

There are plenty of things to do in the Square Mile: 

More ways to keep active

NHS Health Checks are designed to identify the early signs of stroke, kidney disease, heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and dementia. As we get older, we have a higher risk of developing one of these conditions. An NHS Health Check helps find ways to lower this risk.

City residents aged between 40 and 74 years old are eligible to complete an NHS Health Check. For more information speak to your GP.

Want to get active? Track your progress, set yourself goals and get top tips for moving more with the Active 10 app.

A 12 week weight management programme from fitness experts, Fusion Lifestyle can help you to make positive changes to your lifestyle and create long-term change, helping you to achieve weight loss, prevent weight gain, and develop healthier eating habits.

Fusion Lifestyle understand that weight loss can be difficult. That’s why we’ve created structured support for local City of London residents to assist them with weight-loss and weight management long-term.

If you are interested in the service, email Fusion Lifestyle or call 020 7250 1464.

This service is for City of London residents aged 18+ who are sedentary and/or have a condition that puts them at risk of future ill-health. The service will help you to develop and maintain healthy exercise and physical activity habits, identify and set goals, and improve physiological health indicators, including blood pressure, weight, body mass index and heart rate.

For more information, email Fusion Lifestyle or call 020 7250 1464.

Discover great locations from gardens in the City to heath, common and ancient woodland further afield. Yours for a day out, sport, wildlife, nature, learning and more.  Discover green tranquil areas by using the Hidden City Walking Map for the best routes to take through the City.  

Walking and cycling ("active travel") as part of your commute is an easy way of incorporating more physical activity into your daily routine and achieving the NHS' recommended guidelines of 150 minutes of physical activity per week. The City Corporation's Active City Network offers a range of free support services to City workers and businesses to make active travel easier.

Cycling is a healthy, sustainable and safe way of getting around, avoiding public transport and getting fit at the same time.